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#51 Twinkie12

Posted 16 August 2019 - 09:47 PM

A banana!  Her choice!

#52 annodam

Posted 16 August 2019 - 09:59 PM

They should just get rid of the whole concept, fkn pain in the asses!


#53 xx1stxx

Posted 16 August 2019 - 10:29 PM

View Postklr75, on 16 August 2019 - 02:21 PM, said:

Easiest book week dress up I done was last year, and my DS went as Steve Backshall from Deadly 60.   My DS had his book at home, and loves the TV show.  I just dressed him up in khaki coloured clothes and printed off the Deadly 60 logo and pinned it to his shirt.  Sent him to school with some plastic snakes and crocodiles - he loved it!!!

My DS went as Steve Backshall last year and the year before as Russell Coight.  Same Khaki shirt, jeans for steve, and stubby shorts, explorer socks and akubra for Russell.

#54 Not Escapin Xmas

Posted 17 August 2019 - 09:32 AM

View Postannodam, on 16 August 2019 - 09:59 PM, said:

They should just get rid of the whole concept, fkn pain in the asses!

It’s such a middle class, Anglo thing isn’t it?

Last year we also did a Halloween parade. WAY more kids dressed up. And such a great atmosphere. Was much easier for everyone to participate in, regardless of whether or not they had parents who could organise a book week style costume for them.

#55 seayork2002

Posted 17 August 2019 - 11:48 AM

View PostNot Escapin Xmas, on 17 August 2019 - 09:32 AM, said:



It’s such a middle class, Anglo thing isn’t it?

Last year we also did a Halloween parade. WAY more kids dressed up. And such a great atmosphere. Was much easier for everyone to participate in, regardless of whether or not they had parents who could organise a book week style costume for them.

Not sure about the middle class thing? I thought all go schools did it (maybe private also not sure)

Most of the time DS just went in normal clothes and said he was whatever.

I don't think schools are expecting hand made designer costumes

#56 ERipley

Posted 17 August 2019 - 11:59 AM

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Edited by ERipley, 19 August 2019 - 07:38 PM.


#57 Weavile

Posted 17 August 2019 - 12:09 PM

I can see it being annoying if you (or your child) buys into the competitive nature of it. I haven't noticed it at our current school, but some places definitely celebrate the best costumes and that can equate to the most money spent, or most skilled parents.

Personally I like it. The kids get excited, it's something different, and in most cases you can get out of it cheaply. It can be as simple as a tracksuit and a headband or mask, and dress ups are fun!

#58 AKAmum

Posted 17 August 2019 - 12:17 PM

Henry the vacuum cleaner

#59 gracie1978

Posted 17 August 2019 - 12:20 PM

Batman, because my friend gave me a Batman costume...

#60 Ellie bean

Posted 17 August 2019 - 12:24 PM

View PostERipley, on 17 August 2019 - 11:59 AM, said:



This. Of all the things to be annoyed about why book week? Anything that encourages children to get excited about reading can only be a good thing.
I don’t think it gets kids excited about reading, it has nothing to do with it, just seems to be an adult costume making competition...

#61 annodam

Posted 17 August 2019 - 01:10 PM

^   That's exactly what it is!

Kids who read books will read books regardless & those who don't, no amount of Parades are gonna change that!

#62 Mumma bug

Posted 17 August 2019 - 01:27 PM

First year of book week here and I already hate it. One more thing to do.

#63 PrincessPeach

Posted 17 August 2019 - 03:20 PM

Weve been given the theme, but thankfully our school doesnt stick to it.

so far in DS's class there are disney princesses, superheros, harry potter characters, a crocodile & a shark.

#64 andyk

Posted 17 August 2019 - 03:50 PM

Grade 2 theme is biblical character or saints. Catholic school but grade 2 are the only ones with a religious theme.
DD is going as Mary, and is very happy that she gets to take a doll as baby Jesus.

#65 Lou-bags

Posted 17 August 2019 - 03:55 PM

View PostEllie bean, on 17 August 2019 - 12:24 PM, said:


I don’t think it gets kids excited about reading, it has nothing to do with it, just seems to be an adult costume making competition...

Yep!

View PostERipley, on 17 August 2019 - 11:59 AM, said:



This. Of all the things to be annoyed about why book week? Anything that encourages children to get excited about reading can only be a good thing.

Not sure how dressing up is achieving this in any substantial way?

Book week is great! I would prefer it without the dress up, plenty of better ways to celebrate reading.

#66 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 17 August 2019 - 03:58 PM

yeh i don’t think it had any meaningful impact on a child’s love (or lack of love) of reading - ds had fun, his costume was relatively easy this year - other years it’s been a bit of a hassle - i’m not against the parade but i get people who are.


#67 RynandStompy

Posted 17 August 2019 - 04:18 PM

DD age 8 is going as main character from You Can't Make Me Go To Witch School.  Main expense was buying white shirt + the from BigW for $20. We're dying b&w stripey tights orange.

Am fairly surprised there's no Captain Marvel costume available in Aus in her size. I would have cheerfully purchased that as an early birthday gift but no time or budget to ship her size from the US.

#68 *Nasty*Squeekums*

Posted 17 August 2019 - 04:29 PM

View PostEllie bean, on 17 August 2019 - 12:24 PM, said:

I don’t think it gets kids excited about reading, it has nothing to do with it, just seems to be an adult costume making competition...

View Postannodam, on 17 August 2019 - 01:10 PM, said:

^   That's exactly what it is!

Kids who read books will read books regardless & those who don't, no amount of Parades are gonna change that!
Completely agree with both of these,

In school I hated reading, bored me to tears
a dress up parade wouldn't have made a difference. Hell for shy me, it would have made it worse. Getting judged on costume or lack there of, no thanks.

Dd loves reading, will read a novel before bed loves it, always has, book week for her is just a excuse to wear a costume for school.
She hasn't read more cos of it. Hasn't chosen from the theme or suggested list but gone with what she already likes

#69 ERipley

Posted 17 August 2019 - 04:45 PM

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Edited by ERipley, 19 August 2019 - 07:39 PM.


#70 ~J_F~

Posted 17 August 2019 - 04:48 PM

Yer parents come on you are doing just doing to wrong....

#71 Ellie bean

Posted 17 August 2019 - 05:11 PM

View PostERipley, on 17 August 2019 - 04:45 PM, said:

Wow, I had no idea that’s how people felt about it. It definitely had my son wanting new books to find interesting characters. Plus there’s a huge book swap coming up which he will enjoy as part of the celebration. What a shame that a celebration of characters had turned into such a palaver for so many people. I suspect it has something to do with parents finding a random book that has a tv personality in it rather than going to the effort of showing their child that reading can be amazing, which is the point of the whole thing, isn’t it? I don’t believe some kids just “don’t like books”. They just haven’t found the right ones. There are so many wonderful books. This should be an opportunity to show them that.
My kids LOVE books. I’ve put in a lot of effort on that. I just hate the palaver that is book week. My son will be very happy wearing his mass produced superhero type costume that he saved up his pocket money for and actually wears all the time, because that’s what he wants to wear. If people want to assume that means we don’t read with him at home they’d be wrong.

#72 SplashingRainbows

Posted 17 August 2019 - 05:13 PM

I still read a book to my kids every night before bed. The eldest is approaching 9. I’m quite sure I’ve somebody my bit for the love of reading but I do find bookweek a chore.

I acknowledge that’s my issue with my overwhelming life right now and if I wasn’t under so much pressure I may feel more positive about it.

#73 Riotproof

Posted 17 August 2019 - 05:37 PM

View PostERipley, on 17 August 2019 - 04:45 PM, said:

I don’t believe some kids just “don’t like books”. They just haven’t found the right ones. There are so many wonderful books. This should be an opportunity to show them that.

Good golly.

I don’t believe that some adults don’t like baking. Or painting. Or growing vegetables and making jam.

Personally, I’d rather stab myself in the eye with a fork than watch a sporting match. But some people do like them.

If kids are reluctant readers, then dressing up is hardly going to inspire them to read more.  What will inspire them is like we often see on here, where parents are sharing what books are engaging their kids atm. Searching for something they do like to read, but like adults, not everyone wants to be immersed in a story. Not everyone wants to learn for its sake.

Some people manage just fine by reading for utility only.

#74 amdirel

Posted 17 August 2019 - 05:42 PM

Ok we've just finalised DS's thelma the unicorn. Marked down kmart pink sparkly tutu and pink leggings, DD's pink jumper, my silver scarf as a tail, his unicorn head mask with some pink bows clipped into the mane. That'll do.

#75 Grrrumbles

Posted 17 August 2019 - 05:50 PM

Wimpy Kid here. The white t shirt and white socks were cheap but I would never buy white for my children so had to buy specially.

DS demanded white shoes so I spent $30 on a proper brand because I found them on special but they will be trashed in seconds. His school has no rules on sneaker colour so I have always chosen a more practical colour.

We probably have to buy some cardboard for the mask - that will be the most time consuming bit this year but there are templates online.




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